Church has given its imprimatur to “The Da Vinci Deception: 100
Questions and Answers about the Facts and Fiction of The Da Vinci
Code,” published by Ascension Press.
book counters allegations made by The Da Vinci Code. An imprimatur is
an official declaration that a literary work is free from errors in
Catholic doctrine and morals. It was granted by Cardinal Justin Rigali,
archbishop of Philadelphia.
Carl Olson of
Eugene, Oregon has also written “The Da Vinci Hoax,” a 340-page,
heavily footnoted book that seeks to debunk many of Brown’s assertions
about Jesus, Mary Magdalene and the Catholic Church. Olson and his
co-author Sandra Miesel have been giving talks around the country to
mostly Catholic audiences.
In Malta, the
Catholic Church will issue a manual that responds to questions raised
by the novel in mid-May. The Institute of Pastoral Formation will
organize other events and initiatives on themes raised by the book.
books and resources have been developed by Catholics to set the record
straight about the false claims made about their faith in Dan Brown’s
bestselling fiction novel, The Da Vinci Code, the film version of which
will be released in theatres May 19.